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are conference calls a waste of time?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by nonai, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    I have a new client that I am trying to sign up.
    But one problem I have is that every day, he has his bitch secretary send me a 100 useless emails. I used to open the emails and go "WTF is this shit?" But now I dont even bother opening them.

    Also, she texts me every day to see if I can do a conference call to make sure "we are on the same page." So far, I have been giving her the runaround like "today I wont be available" but she really wants to do these conference calls.
    in my experience, conference calls accomplish nothing. If what she wants to say is so important, she could send it by email.

    do i tell her "I dont do conference calls because they are a waste of time" or do I just go along with it?

    how important is the money for me? given the recession I am experiencing and lack of funds, very. but I also dont want to waste my time with useless bullshit.

    what is the point of conference calls anyway? do they ever accomplish anything other than waste your time?
     
  2. arstyles

    arstyles Junior Member

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    May I ask , what kind of business you operate ?
     
  3. BloodyNinja

    BloodyNinja Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    The answer is simple: do conference calls if the client pays for them. If client likes talking too much, make HIM pay for this time. Usually clients with money have no problem paying for time spent on discussions and revisions of whatever.
     
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  4. DTZNL

    DTZNL Junior Member

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    I have a client who used to love calling me at least once a day. I had a long conversation with him once, which went sort of like;

    Please don't take this the wrong way, you are one of my favourite and most important clients, but I'm often in multiple conversations at once on my pc. I would much rather email you instead of calling. I assure you I will answer all your emails as fast as I can. Though of course if there is some kind of emergency/problem you can still call. Is that alright?

    His reply was something like; Oh I'm sorry, I wasn't aware of how busy you were. Sure we can email, no problem.

    No idea if your client will reply in a similar understanding way, but this is how I handled it anyway. Best of luck!
     
  5. nonai

    nonai Power Member

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    web design and seo. of course I dont actually design sites, I just upload a wordpress theme. but yeah.
     
  6. arstyles

    arstyles Junior Member

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    Waste of Time
    They will probably later ask you how to manage or post articles etc. Been there done that. Not worth it.
     
  7. Ht0izz0

    Ht0izz0 Newbie

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    Conference calls.....heh...the bain of my life. The best thing I would do is ask for an agenda upfront of the topics the she wants to cover so you can be well prepared for the meeting. On new clients I would add a line item about charging for phone consultations like Bloodyninja mentioned.